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S.P. Benjamin
Biographical info

S.P. Benjamin (Benjamin Selwyn Paulse) is the writer’s name of Benjamin Paulse, who was born in 1965. After matriculating at Scottsdene Senior, he started writing poetry. In this time he worked, among other things, as a salesman and in a printing plant. He made his debut in 1997 with a novel Die reuk van steenkool, for which he was awarded the Sanlam/De Kat Debut Prize. His first novel was also a runner-up for the ATKV Proze Prize in 1998. His collection of short stories, Die lewe is ’n halwe roman, won the Eugène Marais Prize in 2000.

Did you know?

Die reuk van steenkool originated from a short story entitled “Die jaar toe ons almal mal was”. Because this story won first prize in the Kagiso/De Jager-HAUM literature competition in 1996, he felt that he had to find another title for the longer story.


Kagiso/De Jager-HAUM Literature Competition (1996) – Die jaar toe ons almal mal was (short story)
Sanlam/De Kat Debut Prize (1997) – Die reuk van steenkool
Eugène Marais Prize (2000) – Die lewe is ’n halwe roman
Afrikoon Award from the ATKV (2007) – For his valued contribution to the development and promotion of the Afrikaans literature.

List of publications

1997 Die reuk van steenkool (novel)
1999 Die lewe is ’n halwe roman (short stories)